Monday, 20 October 2014

AUTUMN PURPLE MAKE UP - COLLAB WITH NOT YOUR AVERAGE

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Well hello there! 

Apologies for the severe lack of posts recently, if you've read this post, then you'll have an idea of why I've sadly not been as pro-active as I'd like. I'm hoping to find my mojo once again and have lots of posts scheduled, especially when I'm in Australia.

So, back to today's, very photo based post - as it's now October - jeez - it felt appropriate for an Autumn related make up post, right? 

What better way to do so than with a collaboration - more on that later ;)

Let's start with the eyes, I've been wearing my Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp Luxury Palette pretty much non-stop since I bought it last month. It has the most beautiful purple tones to it that really make my green eyes pop. I absolutely adore the palette and in my opinion, it's worth the steep £38 price tag completely. I tend to apply the lightest shade all over the lid and focus the two darker, plum shades in my crease and outer corner. I really smoked it out under my eyes to add more definition and emphasise the green of my eyes. For liner, I used my current go-to pen - Oriflame The One Stylo- it's the perfect amount of colour, longevity and it's easy to use. Mascara wise, I used my trusty Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde which gives good volume, length and definition without much effort. I added a little Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel which I placed in my tight line and water line for added depth.

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Whilst the main focus wasn't on the skin, it needed to be pretty flawless. I used NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe which gives a really perfected base and added a touch of L'Oreal True Match Concealer where needed. 

Cheek wise,  I used my trusty combo of NARS Laguna Bronzer and Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Pink Peony. Sure, Autumn is where you may skip the bronzer but not in the SugarfixxBeauty household I'm afraid! 

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For the lips, I used a mix of MAC Heroine, which is by far the brightest purple shade I own and layered some of the BiteBeauty Lipgloss in no12 which came with their Deconstructed Rose Lip Library for a deeper, more berry effect. 

I did this post in collaboration with the lovely Emma at Not Your Average, here's a little preview of her post which you should check out here!

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I hope you enjoyed the post!


Love, Kate xo
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

NEW IN : ELF COSMETICS


elf Cosmetics is quickly becoming one of my favourite budget make up brand - I've tried quite a few products over recent months and I've been blown away at how fantastic they are for such little money. They always have discounts and offers which is great too, I've found myself buying products in bulk. 

Today, the site has a fair few new products that have been in the US for a while and have only just reached our fair shores in the UK. The products are very exciting in my opinion - if you're a cheek kinda gal, like me, then there's definitely some products for you to be checking out.

I've picked a few items to show you today to celebrate them going live on the site! Hopefully, in the near future, I'll be reviewing some of the products so you can get a full scope of how they work and last.

I'm especially excited for the Studio Blush Palette (it comes in two shades) and the Matte Contouring Blush and Bronzer Powder! Who doesn't love a good cheek palette? 

Another super exciting release is the Baked Highlighters, having used both the Baked Blushes and Bronzers, they look set to be a winner.

Click HERE to check out the newest releases!

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

HAIR TRADE - I&K EXTENSIONS

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I'm all about the clip-in extensions at the moment, I don't think there's a day that goes by that I haven't clipped them in, giving me much more hair than I currently have.

Today I'm discussing the I&K Clip-In 18'' Human Hair Extensions (£62.99)* from HairTrade which I received in the shade 20 which is a slightly darkish, golden blonde. The colour match wasn't great so I silver shampooed the hair to get rid of any coppery, warm tones. It doesn't match my hair 100% but they do blend nicely for a slightly darker, more autumnal colour. 

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What's great about these clip-ins is that not only are they human hair (which means you can style them without fear) but that they are relatively fine in texture. My hair is extremely fine and some extensions can look really obvious, whereas these blend much better than some of the other brands I've used before. There are quite a few wefts in the pack, along with 2 extra single pieces just in case.

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I especially like the single pieces because you can really frame your face with them where required. Some extensions only have one, maybe two single pieces so it's nice to have the option of using more.

The quality of these extensions is very good, they're soft and don't get too knotty which is great. I find the best way to brush through extensions is to start at the bottom and work your way up, that way you don't drag on the hair. There's minimal, if any shedding and they keep their softness well, even after washing. I'd wash these once every 4-5 weeks, depending on how much they are used and it's best to use nourishing, moisturising shampoo/conditioner when doing so.

I'm very impressed with these extensions and they're a nice alternative to my much brighter extensions. I find myself using them more often than not because they really give my hair a nice autumnal feel. The price point is great too as they're much cheaper than many of the other brands out there. Plus you can get a 14'' set for £44.99.

I also recommend you check out the HairTrade website as they have not only extensions but hair pieces, wigs etc. So if you're into experimenting, it's definitely worth a look.

Have you worn clip-ins?

Love, Kate xo
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NIP + FAB DRAGON'S BLOOD RANGE

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I've recently been introduced to Nip + Fab the accessible, affordable and effective brand, from the founder of luxury skincare super-brand, Rodial and today I have their Dragon's Blood Fix* range to show you.

All the products can be bought separately or all together in a Christmas appropriate gift set.

The Dragon's Blood Fix range is aimed towards de-hydrated skin which is in need of a good amount of plumping. All skin can become de-hydrated, not just drier skin - oily skin can be equally as de-hydrated too. This range is definitely catered to all skin types which makes it a great starting point for anyone who's looking to branch out of the typical cleanse-tone-moisurise and add more steps into their routine.

Now, it's safe to say I did think this had genuine Dragon's Blood in it - *blonde alert* but alas it is an extract from the Croton Lecheri Tree which is where the name comes from. No need to worry Khaleesi, there's no stealing of Dragon's Blood around here! The sap from the tree has plumping and anti-redness qualities which are the main ingredient in this lovely range.

First thing's first, I'm not a fan of the scent at all. I find it's a tad too acidic and a little overwhelming when applying the products. Thankfully, the scent dies down and is almost undetectable. 

So let's chat the Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads (£9.95)* - I'm not usually a cleansing pad/wipe fan but this to me, is a little luxurious post-cleansing, cleanse (say that ten times fast!) that I tend to favour on an evening. Not only do the pads come with good ol' Dragon's Blood to plump and get rid of redness but they also have other brilliant properties Salicylic acid (cleanse pores and aid exfoliation), Hyaluronic acid (hydrates and refines the skins texture) and Witch Hazel (reduce redness and tighten pores). There's a generous 60 pads in the tub which I feel will last me a long time as I probably only use one pad at any one time. These definitely give my skin an added boost even though they leave a slightly tacky residue. 

My favourite of the products has to be the Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum (£19.95)* which I use both morning and night. It's a very lightweight, slightly tacky serum that gives an instant cooling sensation and sinks into the skin beautifully. I can see and feel that my skin is much plumper and bouncier (in a good way) pretty much right away. It's a great boost of hydration between my toner and moisturiser. 

Finally, there's the Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask (£14.95)* that can be used one of two ways - either as a 10 minute wonder or an overnight treatment. Being the lazy bum that I am, I usually go for the latter. It's much more of a thicker, gel like consistency than the serum and a little truly goes a long way. It does leave a relatively tacky feeling but this seems to disappear after a good 5/10 minutes of applying. This gives a great boost to the skin, especially when used overnight as the Amino Acids brighten the complexion. I can see a real difference in my skin when I apply this overnight. I probably use it once, maybe twice a week depending on how much my skin is needing a boost.

Overall, this is a great range from Nip + Fab because it targets so many different skin issues with just three products. The price point isn't too expensive either, you're getting good quality products for affordable prices. I'm thoroughly enjoying using them and I'm definitely going to be checking out more products from Nip + Fab.

Have you tried anything from Nip + Fab?

Love, Kate xo
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